Classroom model and the network connecting pediatric patients' relatives at HCMC Blood Transfusion - Hematology Hospital, Pham Viet Chanh campus - Narrow The Gap Community Program
1. Organization introduction
- Name: Be Khoe Be Ngoan Volunteer Club
- Established year: 12/8/2013
- Address: 217 Hong Bang Ward 11 District 5 HCMC
- Representative: Nguyen Phuc Huy
- Title: Club Manager

2. Project proposal:
- Location: Ho Chi Minh City Blood Transfusion Hospital
- Implementation period: 5/9/2016 - 1/6/2017

Project Beneficiaries:
- Direct beneficiaries:
Pediatric patients: 5-10 children/class, expected 1 session/week, but if there are more children arising, it will increase the number of sessions to 2 or at most 3 sessions per week. Within 1 year there will be at least 120 children benefiting from the project. Aged 3-12 years old, currently being treated at the Pham Viet Chanh Hematology and Transfusion Hospital, plus their family members
- Indirect beneficiaries:
Pham Viet Chanh Hospital
Be Khoe Be Ngoan Volunteer Club collaborator: more than 200

Challenges in the beneficiary community:
- The majority of pediatric patients are hospitalized for a long time because of chemotherapy, and they have immunodeficiency due to malignant blood disease. They cannot live, study, and play in normal contact conditions like healthy children of the same age because they are susceptible to cross-infection and poor overall condition.
- Treatment for leukemia is also a costly and long-term business, sometimes domestic doctors need to send children abroad if they want to approach a more effective treatment.
- As a result, physical pain, poverty, lack of information, and counseling make the patient aversion to doctors and treatment, easily surrendered, or reacting negatively. 

Project activities:
- Opening a classroom led by medical students,
- Mediating voice connections between doctors (many of whom are direct instructors of medical students, who are faculty leaders in pediatric patients' facilities) with children and relatives, and
- Intermediaries connecting social resources and circumstances in need of financial assistance, medical expertise, Healthy Children Club wishes to contribute to solving the difficulties that children and relatives are facing through adjusting and learning from a similar model that is effectively working in Children's Hospital 1, Children's Hospital 2, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Center.
Long-term goal:
- Raise understanding of pediatric patients and their relatives being treated at BTH about current disease information, treatment methods, guidance on preventive measures, proper care and compliance
- Improve morale, build optimistic thoughts and beliefs for children to overcome their illnesses, psychological inferiority complex, contribute to treatment effectiveness.
- Implement a fundraising program to support treatment costs for difficult circumstances
- Contribute to the communication of knowledge of blood transfusion and hematology in the community and society
- Enhance the spirit of volunteerism and dedication of the youth, promote the medical ethics of medical students, contribute to building the image of Vietnamese health

Short-term goal:
- Provide medical knowledge, general knowledge, skills training, psychological counseling for 120 pediatric patients and their relatives at Hematological Transfusion Hospital every year
- Fundraising, sponsoring treatment and living expenses for 4 children with difficult circumstances in the first year of project implementation (3 months/case the child receives support)
- Organized 2 community communication programs on children's hematology through classroom images this year
- Mobilizing the participation of 200 students volunteering at Universities and High Schools in Ho Chi Minh City

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